Lantern-Making Time!

Posted in My H'ween Heroes, Props with tags , , , on September 18, 2010 by bojo

Foamcore Lantern by Dave Lowe

DUH — foam… The answer to most prop-lems! Dave Lowe has a three-part blog post on an awesome foamcore lantern.

I’ve been searching garage sales and eBay for a lantern I could use, with no luck or at too high a price. MAKE one? Well of course.

I know Dave makes it look easy, but I’m gonna take a shot at it… I’ve even got some of his flameless candles done to put inside ūüôā

Off to the craft store for some foam board and extra paint! I’m thinking if this goes well, I will make several for the graveyard and maybe one for me to carry, too!


The Crystal Ball Dilemma

Posted in Props on September 18, 2010 by bojo

Trying to figure out how to handle this… A bowl that fits under the base doesn’t hold enough water for the mister to work. I love the base and don’t want to lose the look of it… Not sure what to do. Here’s a video to explain — although at this point I am really less concerned about the condesation and splash than I am about the giant pan of water it’s sitting in:

More Evolved Candle-Making

Posted in Props with tags , , , , on September 17, 2010 by bojo

I’m obsessed with getting these candles right. A few changes to the process:

* I started simply making a “shelf” out of hot glue, around the inside edge where I want the tealight to sit.

* Red Bull cans make GREAT candles… just hack off the tops, give them a base coat of spray paint, add the hot glue (lots for the top sharp edge and lots to hide the ‘can’ bottom¬†– some of mine need a bit more there), and paint again. Drop an led tealight inside and it reflects beautifully. No newspaper needed to hide seams or anything. Any size can works!

* Layers of the hot glue with a “pool” at the bottom looks much better. I do a base coat on everything now.

Latest batch:

My Latest Batch of Candles

From Toilet Paper to Pillar Candles

Posted in Props, Videos with tags , , , , on September 6, 2010 by bojo

I loved the idea of PVC pillar candles using flickering battery tealights, but I didn’t want to spend the money on the pipe or try to cut it myself. I went looking for something easier and found this how-to on Dave Lowe’s blog from 2008 []. I love the no-cost approach, but I wanted a cleaner pillar look.

Here’s a video of the first 2 finished:

I’m not crazy about these tealights, so they’ll probably get replaced, but you get the idea. Overall, I’m pleased with the look.

What I did (Probably the hard way):

1. Trim the tubes into different lengths and slice them down one side to open them up.

2.¬†Hot glue in some foam board “shelves” for the tealights to sit on.

3. Reassemble the tubes at the width that will fit the tealights & hot glue them closed.

4. Decopage some newspaper strips around the tubes to hide the seams (I first did them horizontal and then long vertical strips on top). Let dry.

5. I hot glued some glass beads (the kind that go in a vase) to the bottom inside for weight.

6. Hot glue the wax drips (Dave’s post says it best — patience… but there’s really no wrong way). Let dry.

7. Spray paint… I think it would probably work best to start with them upside down¬†on your painting surface and get the paint all around the bottom side of the drips… let dry… then turn them on the right side and paint them again and let dry.

8.¬† I mixed some craft paint to get a color like the spray paint I used and painted then inside of the tube above the foam shelf AND painted the tealights so they match the “candle”.

9. Turn on your tealight and set it inside the pillar.

It’s not high-quality, but looks decent in a dim room. I’ll probably swap out these tealights for some better-flickering ones. But for right now, I haven’t bought a single thing to make them. I had everything on hand already, so they were basically FREE, which is great.

Second Tombstone Almost Finished

Posted in Props with tags , , on September 5, 2010 by bojo

Just about finished with my second-ever tombstone. The epitaphs are all from “Cemetery Gates” by Pantera.

Tombstone #2

I think I’ll start a coffin tomorrow.

My First Tombstone! (Update: Finished)

Posted in Props with tags , on September 4, 2010 by bojo

I’ve never made a tombstone, and although it’s not finished, I’m having fun with this. It’s made of only 1/2″ thick Foamular, but I’m thinking about addin some side pieces to make it more three-dimensional.

It's about 4' x 2'

¬†Update: Here’s the finished stone.

Finished Tombstone

2010 Theme: Cemetery Gates

Posted in Themes & Party Ideas with tags , , on August 22, 2010 by bojo

Taking our inspiration from the Pantera song of the same name [music video on YouTube… wow, that’s a lot of hair], this year’s theme is “Cemetery Gates”. Below are the lyrics of the song. The emphasized lines I’m thinking of using as epitaphs on gravestones in the front yard cemetery. I’ve also posted some inspiration photos.

Reverend, reverend,
Is this a conspiracy?
Crucified for no sins
No revenge… beneath me.
Lost within my plans for life,
It all seems so unreal.
Im a man cut in half in this world, [Would be a great place for half a zombie/groundbreaker, no?]
Left in my misery.

The reverend he turned to me
Without a tear in his eyes.
Its nothing new for him to see,
I didn’t ask him why.
I will remember…
The love our souls had sworn to make.
Now I watch the falling rain
All my mind can see now is your face.

Well I guess
You took my youth
And gave it all away.
Like the birth of a new found joy,
This love would end in rage…
And when she died
I couldnt cry,
The pride within my soul.
You left me incomplete
All alone as the memories now unfold.

Believe the word.
I will unlock my door…
And pass the cemetery gates.

Sometimes when Im alone,
I wonder aloud,
If you’re watching over me
Some place far abound.
I must reverse my life
I can’t live in the past.
Then set my soul free,
Belong to me at last.

Through all those complex years
I thought I was alone.
I didn’t care to look around
And make this world my own…
And when she died
I shouldve cried and spared myself some pain.
You left me incomplete,
All alone as the memories still remain.

The way we were,
The chance to save my soul…
And my concern is now in vain.
Believe the word,
I will unlock my door…
And pass the cemetery… gates

The way we were,
The chance to save my soul…
And my concern is now in vain.
Believe the word,
I will unlock my door…
And pass the cemetery…